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September 20, 2010

#795: Conditional Risk

Conditional Risk

[[Lightning strikes the ground, illuminating trees with a bright white light. Two people are standing near it. One has a walking stick.]]



First person: Whoa! We should get inside!

Second person: It’s okay! Lightning only kills about 45 Americans a year, so the chances of dying are only one in 7,000,000. Let’s go on!

The annual death rate among people who know that statistic is one in six.